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The Buffalo Bills sank to 0-2 on Sunday courtesy of Phillip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers. Josh Allen’s first NFL start was a mixed bag while Tremaine Edmunds struggled with indecision on several big plays by the offense. More about the performance of the Bills’ entire 2018 rookie class below.QB Josh AllenThe first-rounder played like a rookie against the Chargers Authentic Tre'Davious White Jersey , while mixing in a fair amount of “wow” throws to keep it interesting. Allen was a bit gun-shy in the first half and was careful not to take many risks with the football, especially when the down and distance wasn’t favorable. Brian Daboll mixed in some quick, short throws to the running back to get the rookie up to speed early. Unfortunately, the lack of a running game meant that Allen was put in some difficult situations early and he struggled on third downs. The gloves came off, however Womens Rafael Bush Jersey , when the team was down 28-3. Allen uncorked an unbelievable throw to Charles Clay that took an equally unbelievable play by Derwin James to break up. Then Allen threw an absolute bomb to Zay Jones down the sideline. Allen was much more aggressive in the second half, including two ill-advised throws that resulted in interceptions. Overall, an up-and-down day for the 7th overall pick.LB Tremaine EdmundsEdmunds clearly struggles with any type of misdirection in the backfield and the Chargers took full advantage on Sunday. On a 16-yard reverse to Austin Ekler early in the second quarter and on the Chargers third touchdown of the day, the offense’s use of some sort of fake in the backfield got Edmunds to pause just enough to break off a big play. It’s not that the rookie lacks speed, it’s that his speed can’t make up for his mental mistakes. After the Phillip Gaines injury http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/charles-clay-jersey , Buffalo was forced to play much more base defense, and it left Edmunds severely exposed when lined up in coverage against wide receivers in the slot. Like Allen, Edmunds needs to continue taking his lumps while learning on the job.DT Harrison PhillipsA largely quiet day again for the third-rounder as he was only on field for 19 snaps, or 33% of the overall defensive plays. With only 3 total tackles and 1 solo tackle, Phillips really could use a break-out game.CB Taron JohnsonJohnson was inactive for the day as he continues to rehab his shoulder injury suffered against the Baltimore Ravens. In addition to Johnson Womens Star Lotulelei Jersey , fellow rookies G Wyatt Teller, G Ike Boettger and WR Ray-Ray McCloud were all inactive. S Siran NealNeal saw only three snaps on defense and only recorded a single tackle. WR Robert FosterFoster was on the field for about 50% of the offensive snaps and had a nifty toss-sweep run late in the first quarter that gained about 12 yards. Then he wasn’t targeted again until the final drive of the game on a 33-yard completion from Allen. Foster should get more opportunities as the season goes on.P Corey BojorquezIn his home debut, Bojorquez punted five times for an average distance of 44.6 yards, with a long of 54. His best punt came in the middle of the second quarter, being able to punt from his own 20-yard line to the opposite 20-yard line while leaving plenty of height for the coverage team to wrap up the returner immediately.Week 4 power rankings: The Bills aren't last The Buffalo Bills made a statement win over the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. Last week Womens Shaq Lawson Jersey , the national media all had the Bills cut out as the worst team in the NFL and didn't give them much of a chance to move out of that spot. This week, it’s a different story.ESPN moves the Bills up two spots, from 32nd to 30th and clearly aren't convinced the Bills will keep this type of play up for the rest of the season.“The Bills’ offense has gone three-and-out on 54 percent of drives this season, on pace to be the highest rate for any team in the past 15 seasons. Part of the reason is that Bills quarterbacks are completing an NFL-low 50 percent of their passes. -- Koontz”ESPN had the Vikings drop from sixth last week to ninth this week. NFL.com jumps the Bills five spots from last week to 27th and credit their success to the defense’s ability to create turnovers, and Josh Allen’s ability to stay efficient under pressure. The Vikings have a sizable decline from third last week to ninth this week. Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback took another eight of their writers to vote on this week’s power rankings. The Bills went up to 27th in this poll as well and didn't receive a single last-place vote. One voter had the Bills up five more spots to 22nd. The Vikings drop two spots here Womens Corey Bojorquez Jersey , from fourth to sixth. CBS Sports is the third and final site to move the Bills into the 27th spot and they're excited about Josh Allen’s future with the Bills.“Give them a ton of credit for an impressive road victory at Minnesota. They have their quarterback in Josh Allen.”The Vikings had a big drop off from fifth to 15th.Finally, at SB Nation, the Bills moved up four spots to 28th and the Vikings dropped from fourth to sixth.
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